Date of Award


Document Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, Economics

First Advisor

Juan C. Lopez, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Maclyn Clouse, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Peter Ho, Ph.D.

Fourth Advisor

Robert Urquhart, Ph.D.


Nigerian economics, Bank lending in Nigeria, Economic stimulus


Bank lending is an important monetary policy transmission channel with significant impact on economic growth in Nigeria. The research was conducted to test the hypothesis that given the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) / government financial intervention, there is a significant increase in the lending behavior of Nigerian bank during and post 2008 financial crisis. Total loan ratio is the proxy for bank lending behavior while the dependent variables are bank specific characteristics like total assets, core deposit ratio and macroeconomic variables like the 91-day Treasury bill rate and inflation rate.

Using the fixed effects regression technique, it was observed that compared to the pre-crisis period, total loan ratio was higher during and post financial crisis, net of other variables. The results support the hypothesis and it suggests that due to the CBN / government financial intervention, Nigerian banks increased lending significantly following the 2008 financial crisis and they acted in a counter-cyclical manner to stimulate the Nigerian economy. Another important finding is the existence of a direct / positive relationship between inflation rate and private sector bank credit in Nigeria. Hence, the CBN can cut back on inflationary pressure through moral suasion for banks to curtail lending to non-essential and unproductive sectors of the economy.

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Rights Holder

Michael A Oyakojo


Received from ProQuest

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72 p.